Odd that the second time around I should like this exhibition more!!
I went last October and it was hard to see anything really – it was so packed out. Now that it has been running so long and in fact will be closing in a few weeks, it was all quite stress- free.
I can only remember having one Mary Quant dress. I saw it featured in Vogue magazine and was very disappointed when I found it in a shop – thin cheese cloth which was limp and see-through with a piece of block printed fabric for a belt. Once I had made a white cotton petticoat and remade the belt by backing it in a stiff buckram, it was lovely! I wore it with brown knee high suede Biba boots and caused quite a stir!!!
A lot of the cloths on display in the exhibition were very drab!!! Not at all my idea of revolutionary or exciting!! Apart from that one dress, I was never tempted to buy anything, unlike Biba where I queued up for the boots, dresses and coats!
Another item I saw beautifully photographed in Vogue magazine was some lace knee length trousers / shorts. It was good to see these on display as it reminded me of the full length evening trousers they inspired me to make!!
Definitely a trip down memory lane! Lots of Butterwick dress patterns on display! I spent hours in stores like Derry & Toms in Regent Street and Swan and Edgar in Piccadilly sitting in the large dressmaking department choosing patterns from the large pattern books before buying the fabric from huge rolls – all on the ground floor as home dress making was so popular at the time.
PVC was a great new fabric but Mary Quant’s macs were just awful and so impractical! How to get in and out of a wet mac without any buttons! My PVC mac was much nicer!!
That’s a photo of me in my lovely PVC mac on the right.
I don’t remember ever seeing these cute little dolls!! I’m sure I would have wanted one! They pre-dated the Cindy dolls that were just everywhere by the time I had daughters.
The friend I went with yesterday was studying fashion design at St Martins when Mary Quant was in her zenith. She remembered having the makeup boxes with the daisy motive – we all had thoseI should think!
She has now started photography and insisted on taking a few pictures of me!! Not quite as photogenic as I was when I was twenty!!
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